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Los Angeles Lakers under pressure to pull off Kawhi Leonard trade: report

Superstar Kawhi Leonard recently stated disinterest with the San Antonio Spurs and would like to be traded. Or the Rockets could sign James as a free agent, but it would make it impossible for them to re-sign free agents Chris Paul, Trevor Ariza and Clint Capela without those players taking substantial paycuts. While Golden State has more valuable top-tier players, the Celts are the better bank with young talent (Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier) and draft picks (futures from Sacramento and Memphis). "He has privately maintained that he no longer wants to play in San Antonio and will eventually alert rival teams considering trades for him that his intention is to sign in Los Angeles when he can become a free agent in 2019, league sources said".

The Spurs have always been most intrigued with Boston's trade assets, but it remains unclear how rich of a package the Celtics are willing to offer without a full understanding of the long-term implications of Leonard's quadriceps injury, or an assurance that they can be certain of Leonard's willingness to consider a long-term commitment next summer, league sources said.

Now that James' deal is done, will the Lakers shift their focus in trying to put a package together to acquire the two-time Defensive Player of the Year?

As for Leonard and the Spurs, it appears as though their relationship is beyond fix.

Speculation centers around contenders, including the Houston Rockets, Spurs, Lakers, 76ers and Celtics, but James shed no light on his plans in multiple interviews broaching the topic.

The Cavaliers can re-sign James, but they don't have the salary-cap flexibility to sign other free agents in order to upgrade their roster.

Kawhi Leonard has a strong desire to play in Los Angeles. "I think other people have said every player in the National Basketball Association is virtually tradeable".

Kawhi Leonard is not opposed to playing for the Clippers, he just wants to play in his hometown.

Trading for Leonard would be very risky for the Celtics as they already have a team that could contend for the title. However, regardless of who they are, it's those three first-round picks that really highlight just how much value Leonard holds right now.

The question now becomes which team could offer up the best package in a potential Leonard deal. The notion that the Clippers are a dark horse to acquire Kawhi Leonard can not be ignored.

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